40 Emotional and Powerful Photos From 2013 That You Must See Before The Year End


2013 was a year filled with triumph, drama, disasters, and successes. Since we are rapidly approaching the end of 2013, we decided to take a look back at some of the most dramatic photographs of the year. Pictures snapped by a variety of photographers that embody the drama of 2013. We see the horror of a tornado in Moore Oklahoma, wildfires in Dunalley Australia, flood in Manila and Athens, and typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. We see the drama of war and conflict in Rio De Janeiro, Bangkok, Cairo, Pakistan, and other corners of the world.

We look back and see the drama of Nik Wallenda’s amazing cable walk in Arizona. The thrill of Superman visiting children in Sao Paulo Brazil. We see the courage of Garrett McNamara surfing the massive waves of Portugal to break a world record. We see the joy of a new Pope leading the Catholic Church.

2013 was a year of amazing stories and amazing work by the world’s photographers and we thank you.


Hasan Jamali / AP / Bahraini anti-government protester getting engulfed in flames after riot police blow up his gasoline bomb.


Ueslei Marcelino / Reuters / Young couple at Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia, Brazil, on Sept. 7 before a soccer match between Brazil and Australia.


Samantha Sais /The New York Times / Redux Pictures / Emotional photo of Renata Teodoro, 25, right, holds hands with her mother, Gorete Borges Teodoro, who was deported six years ago from the U.S., through the bars of a border fence in Nogales, Ariz.


Sanjay Kanojia / AFP / Getty Images / Indian youth dangles from a power line before diving into the floodwaters of an overflowing Ganges river in Allahabad in August.


John Tlumacki / The Boston Globe / AP / Bill Iffrig, 78, lies on the ground during the Boston marathon bombing.


Tó Mané / Barcroft Media / Landov / The brave Garrett McNamara attempting to break the Guinness World Record for largest wave ever surfed on in Nazare, Portugal.


Evan Vucci / AP Photo / President Obama standing at the “Door of No Return” on Goree Island off the Senegalese coast, which was the last stop for millions of slaves sent to the New World. Truly emotional.


Osman Orsal / Reuters / A Turkish riot policeman uses tear gas against a woman in Taksim Square in central Istanbul.


Philippe Lopez / AFP / Getty Images / Survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan, which left 1.9 million homeless, take part in a religious procession in Tolosa on the eastern Philippine island of Leyte.


Christophe Simon / AFP / Getty Images / A demonstrator being shot by rubber bullets in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Joe Burbank / Orlando Sentinel / AP Photo / George Zimmerman winks at his lawyer at the start of his trial in Seminole Circuit Court.


Nacho Doce / Reuters / A window cleaner dressed as Superman smiles at patient Joao Bertola, 2, and his father at the Hospital Infantil Sabara in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Truly incredible.


Goran Tomasevic / Reuters / Women tightly gripping her child as she runs for safety during a shooting spree in a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya that left 67 dead.


STR / AFP / Getty Images / A young man commits suicide minutes after a first individual commits suicide on the Yangtze River Bridge in Wuhan, China.


Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP / Capt. Michael Potoczniak marries his partner Todd Saunders, in a ceremony in San Francisco on June 29.


Tim Holmes / AP / Tammy Holmes and her grandchildren take refuge under a jetty as a wildfire rages in the Australian town of Dunalley.


China Stringer Network / Reuters / People watch water gushing from a section of the Xiaolangdi Reservoir on China’s Yellow River during a July 6 operation to remove built-up silt.


Brad Penner / USA TODAY Sports / Air Force sergeant surprises his wife and daughter during the second quarter of a game between the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers.


AP Photos/Discovery Channel, Tiffany Brown / Aerialist Nik Wallenda walks a 2-inch-thick, quarter mile long steel cable over the Little Colorado River Gorge in northeastern Arizona in June. Absolutely insane!


Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP / Thania Sayne leans on the headstone marking the grave of her husband, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2011, at Arlington National Cemetery.


ADREES LATIF / Reuters / A couple stands on top of their once standing home in Moore, Oklahoma.


John Kolesidis / Reuters / A heroic man rescues a woman from her car on a flooded road in the Athens suburb of Chalandri in February.


Fred Dufour / AFP / Getty Images / Man kicking a topless activist of the Ukrainian feminist movement Femen as she raises her fist to protest against Islamists in front of the Great Mosque of Paris.


Reuters/Romeo Ranoco /  Boy carries his dog through floodwaters brought by the monsoon rain in Manila, Philippines.


Jonathan Palmer / Herald-Leader / Figo, a Kentucky police dog, pays his last respects to his human partner, Officer Jason Ellis.


Parwiz / Reuters / Afghan boys play with toy guns on the first day of Eid al-Adha.


Superbonnie via Reddt / Via reddit.com / Adorable little boy climbing and looking into the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., which was temporarily closed due to the government shutdown.


Roni Bintang / Reuters / Indonesian child watches as ash spews out of Mt. Sinabung.


Claudio Peri / EPA / Landov / Pope Francis blesses and prays with a severely disfigured man.


AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn, File / Anti-government protester gives a rose to a Thai soldier at the Defense Ministry during a rally in Bangkok.


Jae C. Hong / AP Photo / Firefighters prepare to battle the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., in August.


Jason Lee / Reuters / Boy holds his mother’s leg as he cries in front of their damaged house after a strong 6.6 magnitude earthquake at Longmen village, Lushan county in Ya’an, Sichuan province.


AP Photo / Rescuers pull out a female survivor, Reshma, alive miraculously 16 days after a garment factory building collapsed in Bangladesh.


Luke Macgregor / Reuters / Runners incredibly observe a moment of silence for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings before the start of the London Marathon in Greenwich, southeast London.


Reuters / Rescue workers carry a child who was rescued from the rubble at the site of a collapsed residential building in Mumbai, India, in September.


Michael Sohn / AP / Sea of phones, Catholics take photos with their phones and tablets of the newly-elected Pope Francis as he speaks from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. A truly incredible photo.


Mohammad Sajjad / AP / Pakistani man running for his life while carrying a child rushing away from the site of a car bombing in Peshawar, northwest Pakistan.


Make-A-Wish Bay Area / sf.wish.org / Via Twitter: @SFWish / Miles, the incredible five-year-old battling leukemia, dressed as “Batkid” as part of a day arranged by the Make-A-Wish Foundation in San Francisco on Nov. 15. Probably one of our favorite stories of the year.


Mike Blake / Reuters / It’s Superman over California


Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela / A South African revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. / Tumblr

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